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Personal safety device combines u-blox cellular and GNSS technologies

Personal safety device combines u-blox cellular and GNSS technologies

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting



LONEworkr, a people tracker and SOS device in a card holder format, is designed to track lone and isolated workers in order to locate them in the event of an emergency.

“We needed to offer a reliable and stable personal emergency location device to our customers, to allow for monitoring of isolated workers. u-blox, with its unique combination of cellular and GNSS positioning technology, and the quality, performance and robustness of its products, was the right choice,” explains James Neville, Director of MCM Electronics.

Very light at 75g and only 96- x 71- x 14.4- mm, LONEworkr combines a 3.75G GSM modem providing up to six-band HSPA+ and quad-band GSM/EDGE data transmission with a concurrent reception of GPS/QZSS, GLONASS and BeiDou. It can send an alarm and its location to a Monitoring Center (MC), which will then call the device to verify the alarm and escalate whether the emergency is genuine.

“The u-blox professional grade modules embedded in LONEworkr follow the u-blox “nested design” philosophy: to maintain form factor and software continuity,” adds Pietro Sbisa, Business Development Manager, u-blox Australia and New Zealand.

“This enables customers to easily upgrade their products with each new generation of u-blox wireless modules, without having to change the PCB designs. In this case it can simplify a possible later transition to an LTE modem. The easy migration between u-blox products contributes to a maximized investment, simplified logistics and drastically reduced time-to-market,” said Pietro Sbisa.

www.u-blox.com
www.mcmelectronics.com.au

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